I love summer mornings. I adore waking up with a bright, shiny sun and knowing the sky is blue, the clouds are fluffy, and the birds are chirping. I feel more alive and refreshed on these mornings. It’s like the sparkly sun has awoken the world happy. My husband and I are complete opposites in this regard; he’d much rather have blackout curtains and hide in a cocoon of complete darkness. In all fairness, I am a morning person so I enjoy the little things that make the morning special. Summer has a wonderful way of creating the most spectacular mornings. And it’s in these mornings that I love to take advantage of my giddiness – doing something sweet for my hubby.
Are you a breakfast in bed kind of person? This may be a surprise to some of my friends, because I’m a very neat person, but I very much enjoy breakfast in bed. The idea of crumbs and mess in my bed actually doesn’t freak me out, in fact it might be worth enjoying in on a mattress from somewhere like Leesa. Okay, spilling coffee all over my white sheets is a little scary, but the risk is so worth it;)
This past Father’s Day, of course, and similar holidays are the perfect opportunity to shower your significant other with love, but breakfast in bed can be so easy to create and is such a beautiful gesture that it should be gifted all summer long.
And don’t worry, the morning can be pulled off with great ease and perfection with just a few tips.
get support from your tray
There are so many gorgeous breakfast trays – rustic, modern, vintage, functional – there’s one to fit every lifestyle. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend investing a few dollars in one. Any home store, like HomeGoods, Crate & Barrel, or Pier 1 will carry them. Just be sure to look for trays with edges along the side, which will help keep any messes from getting out of hand. I found a few online to inspire you in your search!
- Grand Brasserie Cast Aluminum Tray
- Threshold Acacia Bed Tray
- Octopus Melamine Serving Tray
- Antique Carved White Tray
- Galvanized Metal Tray
meal plan beforehand
Make sure you have all your ingredients beforehand. You don’t want to have to run the grocery store at the last minute, especially when time is of the essence. But remember, it doesn’t have to be a super complex meal either. Breakfast in bed is more about the experience and doing something nice for someone else than it is about the food. Stop by your favorite bakery on your way home from work and splurge on a few pastries! Croissants, coffee, and a favorite book are all that’s needed to make the morning special.
get up early
Whatever your morning rituals are, be sure to wake up early so you can take care of them before you start cooking. Want to wash up, need to take the dog out, have to feed the kids? Remember you’re trying to accomplish everything before your partner normally wakes up. So be sure to allow for extra time in the morning to take care of all the things you need to get done.
be as quiet as a mouse
Wash up in another bathroom, grind the coffee with a towel wrapped around…try to be as quiet as possible so you don’t wake your partner.
keep the glass half full
To avoid any spills, don’t fill the cups or glasses to the top. Fill them just over half full. They can easily be replenished. And don’t forget to account for the milk in the coffee. If your partner likes a lot of milk, be sure to take that into consideration as you pour the tea or coffee.
put the beverages on the bedside table
If you have little ones or a very clumsy eater, this is very helpful. Kids love to cuddle, jump and giggle in beds. So if your children plan to share in the breakfast in bed experience or you think it’s possible your partner will tip over the glass, place the beverages on the bedside table as soon as you set down the tray. A few crumbs are a lot easier to clean up than spilled milk.
set the mood
Open the windows! It’s seems so simple, but with the mornings being still cool, you can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. You can also play light music or ambiance sounds. I have this new app that plays scenes like ocean waves, forest dawn, and lake dock, all great sounds to create a beautiful setting. Just because you’re not on the beach, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you are!
keep the kids busy
If you have kids, of course, try to get them involved in making breakfast and preparing the tray. If they have no interest, plan an activity to keep them busy, like sitting them down for their favorite movie or pulling out their favorite toy. Let them know you’re working on something special for mommy or daddy and, hopefully, they’ll give you enough free time to prepare.
add a special touch
Use the wedding china and silverware, add a card or flower, provide a favorite book or newspaper, write a post-it note that simply says, “I love you.” Adding something small will go a long way in making the breakfast unique and special.
make it a date morning
Now, why would you do all that work and not then enjoy your glorious breakfast as well? It’s a lazy Sunday morning, you have no where you need to be, so prepare breakfast for two, cozy up, and make it a date morning.
Whether you leave the dishes for after your date morning or clean as you go, don’t forget to clean up so your partner doesn’t have to. And don’t forget brushing away any crumbs from the bed=)
Now that you have all the tips to make it a great morning, here are a few gorgeous breakfast in bed scenes to inspire you this summer.
And now that you’re completely inspired, this is one of my favorite breakfast treats to prepare for just the occasion – summer french toast. It’s hint of orange adds a light and refreshing summery taste to a classic recipe.
- 1 loaf of bread of choice*
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Unsalted butter
- Confectioner's sugar
- Organic maple syrup
- Fruit to garnish
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey, and whisk together until blended well.
- Pour mixture into a shallow baking dish.
- Slice bread diagonally about 3/4 inch thick.
- Preheat griddle or large frying pan over medium heat.
- Once the pan is hot, spray lightly with nonstick spray and then coat generously with butter. The spray will help keep the butter from burning.
- Using tongs, dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture, soaking both sides for a few seconds. Place in pan to cook, and continue individually dipping the bread until the pan is full (being sure not to over crowd the pan).
- Cook the bread until nicely golden and crisp. Approximately 4 minutes for each side.
- Butter the pan again and repeat the previous two steps until all the bread or mixture is gone.
- Place finished French toast on a tray in a warm oven until all bread has been cooked.
- Transfer the French toast to a plate, dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with fruit. Serve immediately with slightly warmed maple syrup.
- *Some wonderful breads to consider include French bread, brioche, challah, sourdough, and even croissants!
- The key to fabulous French toast is to ensure your pan is hot before cooking and not to over soak the bread, especially when using thicker breads.
Drizzle with your favorite maple syrup.
What do you normally plan for lazy summer mornings? Are you a breakfast in bed person?